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Public sector solidarity for Unilever strikers

Issue No. 2287

There was a warm reception for the public sector workers who visited the Colman’s mustard picket lines in Norwich on Tuesday.

Workers at the council office opposite brought out equipment to make hot drinks, previously used at their own strike on 30 November.

The NUT union’s general secretary and deputy general secretary sent a message of support to the Unilever workers and their fight to defend their pension rights.

The Tories have tried to pit private sector workers against those fighting to defend pensions in the public sector.

They say public sector pensions should be driven down to the levels now common in the private sector.

But Unilever workers recognise that they are part of a common fight. “If the government wasn’t doing this in the public sector then Unilever wouldn’t be doing it to us now,” said Ian Barnard, a line operator at Purfleet.

Ivan Mercer, GMB organiser in Norwich, said he hoped any further strikes at Unilever could be coordinated with the public sector pensions fight.

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